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Agency Shuts Down Self-Driving Shuttles After Linden Incident

Brent Warren Brent Warren Agency Shuts Down Self-Driving Shuttles After Linden Incident

A February 20 incident in which a self-driving shuttle in Linden stopped suddenly has led to the vehicles being taken off the road, not only in Columbus but in 15 other cities around the country. Two shuttles began running in the neighborhood on February 5, operating autonomously but with an operator on board the vehicle […]

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Commission to Weigh in on New Downtown Park, Pedestrian Bridge

Brent Warren Brent Warren Commission to Weigh in on New Downtown Park, Pedestrian Bridge

The latest plans for a new pedestrian bridge and riverfront park near the new Crew stadium will be presented to the Downtown Commission next week. Building a bike and pedestrian bridge to connect the western terminus of Nationwide Boulevard to the Olentangy Trail across the river is an idea that was first floated in 2015. […]

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COTA Ridership in 2019 Highest in 31 Years

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Ridership in 2019 Highest in 31 Years

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) posted another year of steady ridership gains, with more total rides on the system in 2019 than during any year since 1988. The positive trend line started after 2017, the year that COTA redesigned its bus network. In 2018, COTA rolled out two major initiatives – the CMAX line […]

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Never Built Columbus: Transit

Brent Warren Brent Warren Never Built Columbus: Transit

Here’s a scene from an alternate universe – an OSU student boards a streetcar at 11th Avenue and takes it down High Street to Nationwide Boulevard, where she walks down some stairs to a boarding platform to catch a train to Cleveland for the holidays (oh, and her brother arrives from his home on the […]

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UPDATED: COTA to Increase Frequency on 3 Lines, NightOwl to Stay

Brent Warren Brent Warren UPDATED: COTA to Increase Frequency on 3 Lines, NightOwl to Stay

UPDATE (2/6/20, 9:31 a.m.): The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has decided to continue service on its NightOwl line on North High Street. See below for a statement explaining the decision from Jeff Pullin, COTA’s Public Information Officer: COTA really looked at the feedback from our customers and our team made the decision based on […]

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Group to Decide How to Spend Downtown Parking Meter Revenue

Brent Warren Brent Warren Group to Decide How to Spend Downtown Parking Meter Revenue

The city is in the process of setting up a benefit district that will allow revenue from parking meters Downtown to stay in the area and be fed back into transit and other mobility improvements. It’s a model that has already been established in the Short North, where a committee made up of neighborhood leaders […]

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Report: Ohio Lags in Traffic Safety Laws

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Report: Ohio Lags in Traffic Safety Laws

By Susan Tebben As Ohio looks at more potential distracted driving legislation, a new study says the state needs to do more to help protect drivers.  The policy alliance Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety released a nationwide report on the state of safety laws in each state, and came up with recommendations for laws that need to […]

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